Rising Paris Saint-Germain star Timothy Weah is targeting the first American Ballon d’Or triumph in the future to continue the legacy started by his father and Liberia president George.
George played for PSG between 1992-95 and was the first, and currently only, African player to win the Ballon d’Or in 1995.
Timothy, already a Unites States men’s national team senior international at just 18, admits that his father has set a tough benchmark to beat, but that he feels confident in his ability to challenge the achievement over time.
“With my father being the first African player to win the Ballon D’Or, it has pushed the bar really high,” Weah explained to PSG’s official website. “However, the sky is the limit for me — I feel like I can do anything I put my mind to.
“Once I work hard, and that is my goal, to potentially be the first American Ballon D’Or winner. People might say, he is just talking. At the end of the day, though, it is about me putting in the work at training and on the field.
“Also, I feel that as I am getting older, my level of play is really developing. Now that I am with Neymar and Kylian Mbappe, I see what they do at training and I see what they are doing in games — I just try to add that to my game and go out there and show what I can do.”
Weah, who has played just 124 minutes of Ligue 1 football, has been busy on his summer holidays, playing seven-a-side football in New York City, as well as meeting up with the fan club there and visiting the French champions’ academy.
Jonathan Johnson covers PSG and the French national team for ESPN FC. Twitter: @Jon_LeGossip.